Welcome State Agency Head, Administrator, Professional, and/or Citizen!


The American State Administrators Project (ASAP) is a continuing (forty year) set of surveys of state agency heads and top executives in all 50 states. It has occurred in the fourth and eighth year of every decade since its inception in 1964. We first surveyed 35 agencies in 1964, but as the scope and significance of state government expanded, so did ASAP! We now send survey instruments to administrators heading about 100 types of state agencies across the country.

ASAP seeks to broaden the knowledge about the attributes and attitudes of state administrators, and their agencies' activities and interactions. Longitudinally, ASAP has tracked trends in education and career paths of administrators. Also, the survey has looked at the relationships and contacts that develop between agency heads and other political actors. Information on the receipt of federal aid, budget considerations, and intergovernmental relations has been documented over the last forty years. In addition to long-term trends, ASAP also gathers information on current trends in state government. For example, cutback management in the 1980s, reinventing government in the 1990s, the repercussions of 9-11 in 2004, and the impact of the economic recession in 2008.

ASAP has been supported by grants from the Earhart Foundation of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as the Center for Governmental Services and the Department of Political Science at Auburn University , and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Much appreciation and thanks is due to numerous undergraduate, MPA, and doctoral students at Auburn and UNC-CH, as well as the entire staff of the Center for Governmental Services.

The following tables provide summary results on both long-term trends (since 1964) and current state activities (2008). We hope you will find this information useful and informative, and can “see yourself” somewhere in these results. For those of you who participated in the 2008 survey, we could not have done this without you! We hope you and others will join us in our projected survey in 2012!

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call us or email. Thank you for your participation.

Cynthia J. Bowling, Director of ASAP

Theodore Arapis, Associate Director of ASAP

Contact Information for Dr. Bowling:




Document Downloads:

2008 Report and Tables

Respondent Characteristics

Inventory of Publications and Papers


Dr. Deil S. Wright

Dr. Deil S. Wright, the founder of the American State Administrators Project (ASAP), passed away on June 30, 2009. For more information about his life and his contribution please see the following link:




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